With the aim of offering “standardized information on citations”, Stanford University set up a database that collects the indicators of the most cited researchers in the world in different fields of knowledge. There, the Marine Research Center of the University of Vigo (CIM) has the presence of 10 scientists: Armando Caballero, Alberto Velando, José L. Soengas, Emilio Marañón, Ricardo Beiras, Carlos Bendicho, Alejandro Cabrera, Moncho Gómez-Gesteira e Luis Gimeno.
The late 2019 database was just published, based on work from PLOS Biology, and is coordinated by John P. La. Ioannidis, from Stanford University (USA); Kevin W. Boyack, SciTech Strategies, Inc. (USA) and Jeroen Baas, Research Intelligence, Elsevier B.V (Netherlands). As they explain in their presentation, given the fact that citation metrics are widely used but incorrectly, they launched this publicly available database that lists almost 160,000 “top-level” scientists, that is, researchers in the upper 2% of citations, providing for each one standardized information on citations, h-index, hm-index adjusted for co-authorship, citations of articles in different authorship positions and a composite indicator, among other aspects, providing metrics with and without self-citations. The database covers 22 scientific fields and 176 subfields and allows to know the results of the researchers, either taking into account their entire career or only the data specifically referring to the year 2019.
Position by field of knowledge
Based on the list that assesses the entire career of the scientist, in this database there are 2290 Spanish researchers referenced, 26 of them from the University of Vigo. From each, it is possible to know their position worldwide in their scientific field. Thus, in the marine field and in the field of Evolutionary Biology, Armando Caballero (Population Genetics and Cytogenetics Group) is ranked 450, in the field of Behavioral Sciences and Comparative Psychology is Alberto Velando (Animal Ecology Group), with position 416; in Physiology, José L. Soengas (Grupo de Fisioloxía de Peixes), Fish Physiology Group), with position 473; in Marine Biology and Hydrobiology, Emilio Marañón (Biological Oceanography Group), who is ranked 599 in this field worldwide; in Environmental Sciences, Ricardo Beiras (Coastal Ecology Group), located in position 670; and, in Analytical Chemistry, Carlos Bendicho (Environmental Analytical Chemistry and Toxicology Group), in position 690.
Based on the citation data only for the year 2019, the photography of researchers from the Marine Research Centerre that enter this ranking is expanded with the incorporation of Francisco Pena (Environmental Analytical Chemistry and Toxicology Group), Alejandro Cabrera (Ephyslab), Moncho Gómez-Gesteira e Luis Gimeno (Ephyslab).
In the general data, and without taking into account the fields of knowledge, UVigo’s participation is led by the UVigo professor of genetics David Posada, of which 149 papers are included from 1998 to 2020 and, 58,921 citations from 1996 to 2019. Thus, he ranks 633 in the world general ranking (not including self-citations), with an h-index of 47. The first woman from the University of Vigo to appear in this general list is the professor and researcher in the area of nanomaterials Isabel Pastoriza. In her case, the data collected are that from 1999 to 2020 147 papers are included and from 1996 to 2019 13,915 citations. Thus, she ranks 95,265 in the general world ranking (not including self-citations), with an h-index of 58. The total number of citations from the period 1996 to 2019 by UVigo researchers amounts to 183,171.
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